Voters send clear no-new-taxes message — legislators better listen

by | Nov 6, 2014

For the past two years, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus in Olympia has held the line on tax hikes.  Voters rewarded them on Tuesday, validating their fiscal restraint by retaining and expanding their ranks.  If voters wanted higher taxes, they surely would have voted them out of office.  They didn’t.  They gave the MCC’s no-new-taxes agenda their approval.

         Budget-busting, tax-hiking Initiative 1351 is losing despite no organized opposition versus proponents’ spending $5 million pushing it.  It’s stunning.  This is hardly a huge voter mandate for raising taxes.  Quite the contrary.

         Lynnwood’s Prop 1 raising sales taxes for transportation is being rejected.

         Bothell’s Prop 1 for parks bonds is losing.

         Arlington’s Prop 1 for school buses is going down.

         Eatonville’s Prop 1, a property tax hike for police/fire/parks/streets is at 63% reject.

         University Place’s Prop 1, a utility tax hike, is receiving a 55% no vote.

         Bothell’s Prop 1 for parks bonds is losing.

         Carnation’s property tax for police is losing.

         Sure, Seattle voters supported some tax hikes on Tuesday, but that’s it.  

         It’s important to remember that in 2012, during a huge-turnout presidential year, Initiative 1185 making it tougher to raise taxes received more votes than any initiative in state history — 1.9 million.  It passed in every county and every legislative district outside Seattle.  That’s right, only the 5 legislative districts in Seattle wanted it to be easy to raise taxes.  

        That means 88 of 98 house members and 44 of 49 senators represent non-Seattle voters, and those non-Seattle voters on Tuesday sent a very clear message to the 2015 Legislature:  don’t raise taxes.  

           Non-Seattle legislators need to be repeatedly reminded that their constituents are not sending them to Olympia to raise their taxes, especially now.

          From today’s Washington Post: “Middle-class wages and wealth are still stagnant or worse going back 25 years — in exit polls, 48 percent of people still think the economy is “not-so-good” and another 22 percent says it’s “poor.” 

           Will you help us represent and defend the taxpayers next year?